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Juan Verdades: The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie / El hombre que no sabia mentir

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“Hayes's flowing plot, enlivened by several wry twists, is decidedly satisfying. Fiedler's spare, earth-toned paintings convey the particulars of the setting from traditional garb to the sprawling landscapes as well as the timelessness of folklore.”—Publishers Weekly

Don Ignacio is a wealthy landowner whose prized possession is an apple tree that produces the most delicious fruit around. He trusts only one man to care for this tree—his ranch foreman Juan Verdades. Don Ignacio is...

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Overview

“Hayes's flowing plot, enlivened by several wry twists, is decidedly satisfying. Fiedler's spare, earth-toned paintings convey the particulars of the setting from traditional garb to the sprawling landscapes as well as the timelessness of folklore.”—Publishers Weekly

Don Ignacio is a wealthy landowner whose prized possession is an apple tree that produces the most delicious fruit around. He trusts only one man to care for this tree—his ranch foreman Juan Verdades. Don Ignacio is also a proud man and he lets his pride carry him into a dangerous bet! He bets a neighboring rancher his ranch that Juan Verdades cannot tell a lie. His opponent is determined to win the bet, using guile and the help of his beautiful daughter to trick Juan Verdades into stealing all of the fruit from the prized apple tree. Will Juan Verdades be able to tell the truth about what he has done? The ranch depends on it.

Originally published in 2001, this paperback edition of Joe Hayes’ classic story features the bilingual style common to his most popular books. Joe’s bilingual Spanish-English tellings and books have earned him a distinctive place among America’s storytellers. He lives in Santa Fe and travels extensively throughout the United States telling his stories.

Joseph Daniel Fiedler was born and raised in the Appalachian hill country of western Pennsylvania. He attended the Ivy School of Professional Art and Carnegie Mellon University. He is the recipient of a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators for book illustration.

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"Hayes's flowing plot, enlivened by several wry twists, is decidedly satisfying. Spanish words and phrases dot the characters' dialogue, enhancing the regional flavor. Fiedler's (The Crystal Heart) spare, earth-toned paintings convey the particulars of the setting from traditional garb to the sprawling landscapes as well as the timelessness of folklore." —Publishers Weekly

"This is a beautifully done picture book...The story is rich and will provide much for young readers to think about, long after the tale is told."—Children's Literature

"No matter your level in either language, the flow of events and gorgeous paintings hold even a young child’s attention." —Spanglish Baby

"A book that will be enjoyed in both languages by all ages, especially people who like the challenge of clever riddles." —New Mexico Kids!

Children's Literature - Mandy Cruz
When a group of wealthy rancheros learns that Don Ignacio, the owner of the Apple tree that produced the sweetest apple around, doesn't tend to it himself they question his unwavering faith in his worker. Explaining that his truthfulness had earned him the name Juan Verdades, though his given name is Juan Valdez, Don Ignacio says Juan is incapable of telling a lie, one ranchero, Don Arturo, decides to prove that every worker lies to his boss. Betting their farms the two ranchers set out to prove who is right. Worried that he might lose his farm Don Arturo made up a story so that Don Ignacio would allow his family to stay on his farm where he could use his daughter to trick Juan into lying. Every morning Don Arturo's daughter, Araceli, woke up before Juan and made him breakfast, Juan quickly fell in love. When he asked Araceli what he could do to repay her kindness she asked for all of the apples off of Don Ignacio's tree. Knowing that he couldn't take the apples without lying to his boss and realizing how much he'd fallen for her Araceli, Juan persisted. Before the time limit of the bet had run out Juan gave into his love for Araceli and took all the apples. He rehearsed a lie when the time came to answer Don Ignacio—Juan told a complicated riddle about a fool that took the apples. The riddle revealed that it was Juan who took the apples and Don Ignacio rejoiced. This story is a variation of a tale that has been around for ages but it stands on its own. The characters are likeable, even Araceli who tries to trick Juan. The story ends happily and the lesson of truth's power is everlasting. Reviewer: Mandy Cruz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933693705
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author


Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers. He grew up in a small town in southern Arizona where he learned Spanish from his classmates. As he got older, Joe began gathering old stories from the Southwest. Joe has earned a distinctive role as a bilingual storyteller. Joseph Daniel Fiedler was born and raised in the Appalachian hill country of Western Pennsylvania. He attended the Ivy School of Professional Art and Carnegie Mellon University. His work has appeared in numberous national and international publications, including Time and Business Week, and he is the recipient of a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for book illustration.
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